Debian Now Defaults To Xfce Desktop

From: Rod-Lists 
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=============================================================== From: Nick Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Hopefully that doesnt become the standard. I like Xfce, but its very basic and would probably be hard for a new comer to grasp. Not that a new comer would go for straight debian anyway :-) Just my thoughts anyway.

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ The issue is fitting gnome on 1 cd. ----- Original Message -----

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ CDs are soooooo 90's=85. -B

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ I switched to Xfce a while back, and at some point Charlene was having problems with some aspect of Gnome and we switched her to Xfce, and she got much happier too. Recently at work I installed Scientific Linux because that's what the admins were using. It ended up with Gnome, but I frankly only noticed today when we were trying to track down some networking issues, 'cause it just seemed like a clunky version of Xfce (kinda like Yum and RPM feels like a klunky version of Apt and DEB packaging...). So: More power too 'em. Gnome is a lot of buggy worthless crap on top of Gtk (which I rather like). Xfce is snappy and fast. These days it seems like either you go the whole "Unity" direction (which, to my mind, feels like a step away from what makes GUIs good and towards what makes command lines bad), or you drop back to Xfce. I think they made the right choice.

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ I think it might be a smart way to start up a system. The geeks and lower powered system users may stay with XFce. If there is a utility to download/install/swap desktops that actually works well for the average user, it might be a very smart move. --Mike--

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ xorg, openbox, & apt is all you need. ----- Original Message -----

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ Those two lines don't correlate. This is where our Linux elitism fails, and Ubuntu went for the nearly idiot-proof idiot level. Need something in the middle. ie, a screen that says: You have awesome hardware and video card. You may want to use a different interface: [Enlightment] to install Enlightenment.. blah blah balh... [Gnome] is a popular.. blah blah blah.. [KDE] And is some cases: You are running Xfce on minimal hardware. This is a good choice.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Very much this! ^^^^ *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ The screen could have screenshots and/or videos, or links to YouTube videos, assuming that it can connect to the internet at that point in the install process. *- Chad W. Smith*